Mustard Vinyl Herman Miller Original Eames Upholstered RAR Arm Shell Chair
A rather unique finish, here we have an original vintage Eames and Herman Miller light ochre arm shell finished in mustard vinyl is sat upon its updated, used, RAR rocking base. The dark finish of the naugahyde vinyl is emboldened by the dark wood of the base creating a really nice, classic look for the iconic design.
The design of the shell has changed very little over the many years it has seen production, with only changes to the mounts and the introduction of the upholstered finishes being implemented. The design director for Herman Miller (and the Eames’s friend) Alexander Girard was approached to help design upholstered finishes for the side and arm shells. Girard was known for his extensive and dedicated approach to his work and, typical of his style, he produced a wide variety of options using fabric and vinyl for the Eames’s shell chairs.
The arm shell is in good vintage condition with only some natural wear expected with age. The vinyl finish is a little dirty, due to its age. The general finish is good, but there are some slight cuts around the stitching, something that can happen with old shells. Overall, the chair is in good vintage condition.
The ‘S’ stamp signifies the shell originates from Herman Miller’s Summit Plastics factory.
The Eames shells are a great investment piece, but many factors affect how valuable they are. The origin of the shell, its age and even the colour can have an effect on its value. The good vintage condition of the shell and upholstery, coupled with its’ colour, on this particular chair aids with its investment value.
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